NEW! Göran Forsling’s Opera Update from Helsinki and Stockholm

15/12/2016

Recent Opera in Helinski and Stockholm Reviewed by Göran Forsling Read more

A New ‘Musical Reimagining’ of The Winter’s Tale Brings a One-off Sense of Enchantment

14/12/2016

Kim Ashton, The Winter’s Tale: Actors, The Hermes Experiment. Cockpit Theatre, London, 13.12.2016. (MB)

Photo credit: Cathy Pyle.

The Winter’s Tale (c) Cathy Pyle

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Some Fine Moments in a Generally Disappointing Revival of I Vespri Siciliani

14/12/2016

Verdi, I Vespri Siciliani: Comunitat Valenciana Orchestra and Chorus / Roberto Abbado (conductor), Palau de les Arts, Valencia, 13.12.2016. (JMI)

Il Vespri Siciliano © Tato Baeza

Il Vespri Siciliani © Tato Baeza

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RNCM’s Youthful Enthusiasm and Colourful Costumes in Offenbach’s Lively Romp

13/12/2016

Offenbach, La Vie Parisienne: RNCM Chorus, RNCM Opera Orchestra / Andrew Greenwood (conductor), RNCM Theatre, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, 9.12.2016. (MC) Read more

Further to Rome’s Magnificent Tristan

12/12/2016

Wagner, Tristan und Isolde: Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro dell’Opera/Daniele Gatti (conductor), Rome, 11.12. 2016. (JB) Read more

A Carmen That Delivers on All Counts

12/12/2016

Bizet, Carmen: Soloists and Chorus of Gothenburg Opera, dancers, children’s choir, Gothenburg Opera Orchestra / Karen Kamensek (conductor), Gothenburg Opera main stage, 25.11.2016 and 3.12.2016. (NS)

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Katarina Giotas (Carmen) and (left to right) Joachim Bäckström (Don José), Ann-Kristin Jones (Mercédès), Mia Karlsson (Frasquita) and Anders Lorentzson (Zuniga) (c) Mats Bäcker

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Spectacular staging and excellent singing make for a vibrant and fast-paced La Vie Parisienne

11/12/2016

Offenbach, La Vie Parisienne: Sung in English in a translation by Alistair Beaton. Soloists, RNCM Opera Orchestra and Chorus / Andrew Greenwood (conductor), Royal Northern College of Music. RNCM Theatre, Manchester, 7.12.2016. (RJF)

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RNCM’s La Vie Parisienne Act 3 Moulin Rouge (c) Robert Workman

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Farnes’s Conducting and Rachvelishvili’s Azucena Make This Revival Worthwhile

08/12/2016

Verdi, Il trovatoreSoloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Richard Farnes. The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 4.12.2016. (CC)

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Najmiddin Mavlyanov (Manrico) & Anita Rachvelishvili (Azucena) (c) Catherine Ashmore

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